Introduction: Hot-rod Glassware

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Ever had a low-rider wagon brandy? A funny-car chardonnay? How about a Formula 1 Caesar?
Now you can!
Combine old wine glasses with toy cars and create your own hot-rod glassware!

Make a few and turn your boring glassware cupboard into a garage full of speedy racers, ready for your favourite bevvy.
These glasses are great for parties, and by using different cars your guests will never have cup mix-up again.
Making your own is cheap, easy and fun!

Sugru was used as the bonding agent for this project, however you can substitute for two-part epoxy.
This instructable was entered in the Sugru Contest

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Step 1: Tools + Materials

The materials used for this project can be easily acquired.
Stemmed glassware can be found at any thrift store for under a dollar, ditto for the toy cars.

  • old t-shirt or cloth
  • screwdriver
  • safety goggles
  • toy cars (time to raid the toy chest!)
  • sugru(can also use epoxy)
  • glassware (your choice, thin-stemmed glasses work best)

Step 2: Prepare Glassware

If you plan on using shot glasses you can skip this step and go to step3.

The aim is to separate the bowl from the stem. Start by stuffing cloth inside of the glass to act as a brace against the impact, then wrap the stem with more cloth so shards of glass don't poke out your eyeballs.

Wear safety goggles.

Once wrapped, a firm tap with your screwdriver will usually separate the bowl. Some stems are thick and may require a more liberal strike, chose your glassware based on the stem thickness. In the process of separation breaking a glass or two may not be uncommon.
It's alright to have a little stem-nub remaining on the bowl, the nub will be buried in the car and will not be visible.

If you have a glass cutter or a propane torch you may find an alternative method to remove the stem. However this low-tech approach yields good results and is very quick.

Step 3: Determine Best Car to Glass Combination

Once the stems of the glasses have been removed, dry fit the bowls to a few of your cars. Usually a combination presents itself that works better than the rest.

Some stems may be longer and won't work in some cars, other cars have a larger opening and can accept almost any type of glass.
Depending on the car material you may be able to remove some plastic from the car to allow the glass to fit more snugly. In the picture shown here, the orange canopy of the race car was removed to allow the stem-nub to fit.

Try a few combinations to find the best fit.

Step 4: Apply Sugru

When you are satisfied with your car/glass selection, open up a pack of sugru and take a marble sized chunk and apply it to the stem-nub, then gently attach the bowl to the car.
Since my fingers were too meaty to fit between the bowl and the car I used the screwdriver tip to ensure the sugru had good contact with both surfaces after joining.

If you don't have sugru I've had success using a two-part epoxy, however epoxy is messy and drip marks are a real bummer if you're not careful.

When first applied, sugru is a bit oily and may leave fingerprints on the glassware. Luckily these are easily removed with some elbow-grease after the sugru has cured.

Step 5: Let Cure

Time to let the bond cure. To keep the cars steady while curing, invert the glasses so the car is on top and let stand for at least 24 hours.

The cars sometimes have a tendency to lean one way or another while curing as the cars will not be in perfect balance. Luckily, sugru cures slowly and is very forgiving if you need to make modifications within the first 30 minutes. Check back at 15 minute intervals for the first hour to ensure the cars remain level, after about an hour they will have set enough to retain their level without monitoring.

Step 6: Clean

Sugru is fascinating stuff. Not only is it able to withstand a temperature range from -60°C to 180°C (-76°F to 356°F), waterproof and UV resistant... it's also dishwasher safe!

As mentioned previously, your glassware may have some residue from the sugru before it cured and requires some selective scrubbing to ensure the marks are gone. This is best done before washing.

If you're not keen on driving cars into your dishwasher then wash by hand.

Step 7: Drink and Drive

You're now ready to drive your car to the station fridge and fill your tank glass with the octane drink of your choice!

This is the only time it's acceptable to drink and drive.

Why not make your own? Share your creation in the comments below.
Have fun!

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